1. CIRTL Associates Certificate
This certification—which requires participating in the seminar series offered by the institute over one spring and one fall semester—needs to be attained by the end of the second year in the doctoral program. You can find more information on the associate-level certification here.
Requirements for Associate Certification
2. Before a PhD Student Teaches a Course
The student should work with a professor in his or her department as a teaching assistant in a practicum before teaching that course. The practicum will expose the student to all aspects of teaching, including preparation of class materials, selection of appropriate in-class activities and exercises, preparation and grading of exams, leading class discussions and actually teaching some classes while being observed by his or her professor. Each student enrolls for one credit (pass/fail) in the teaching practicum course before teaching.
3. The Mentoring Process for Teaching
Phase 1: Assign Mentor and Identify Course
The department chair in concert with the PhD Committee will assign a mentor to a PhD student. This should be done at least one semester prior to the student’s first teaching assignment. The mentor, the department chair and the PhD student will also work together to identify a course for the PhD student to teach.
Phase 2: Teaching Engagement
The PhD student will begin to prepare for the teaching assignment. This should include the following:
Phase 3: Evaluation
Immediately after the PhD student has completed the teaching assignment, the mentor will administer an anonymous survey to the students in the course. This survey will be similar to the UBCATS instrument and will also attempt to elicit specific feedback concerning the PhD student's performance and areas where teaching might be improved. The mentor will send a memo to the department chair and the PhD Committee summarizing the PhD student's performance (e.g. comparison with School of Management means and overall student reaction).
4. SPEAK Test Proficiency Requirement
The School of Management requires all incoming international PhD students to have their language skills evaluated prior to the beginning of their first semester in the program.
* With permission of a PhD advisor, a student with a 45 on the SPEAK may request the teaching certification interview.
* If the course requires extraordinary tuition (e.g., the $185 fee for the American English Pronunciation course), the school will underwrite the fee for the first session of a required remedial course.
* Failure to take recommended courses during their first semester in the program or failure to perform satisfactorily in the recommended course will result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation.
5. Teaching Requirement
All PhD students are required to teach at least one course that is a part of the School of Management curriculum before degree conferral.
a) Students will sit in on a section of the first course that they are to teach prior to their teaching introduction.
b) Courses taught by PhD students will be recorded on their permanent record maintained by the School of Management.
c) Copies of course evaluations will be directed to area coordinators for each course taught by a PhD student.
d) A written evaluation of teaching performance will be provided to the area coordinator by either the course coordinator or the department chair for each course taught by a PhD student. (It is recommended that course coordinators review course evaluations and visit a class session).
e) As a part of the annual review, the area coordinator will summarize information relating to the student’s experience as an instructor and evaluate the student’s overall teaching progress.
6. Course Evaluations
The PhD Committee will review course evaluations, written teaching evaluations by course coordinators or the department chairs, and area coordinators. Where the committee believes that a student’s performance as an instructor is substandard, the committee may seek additional input (discussions with the individual, discussions with the individual’s students, class visitations).
When the committee finds that an individual is not making satisfactory progress as an instructor, they may recommend: